Flower workers have received Ksh.8 million in the form of food packages and mobile money transfers.
The aid by civil society groups and under Hivos East Africa and the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) is set to benefit a total of 7,500 workers.
According to a study by Hivos East Africa, majority of workers had been struggling to put food on their tables.
“We have been implementing projects with the flower farms under our Women at Work programme – which advocates for good working conditions for workers in horticulture. It is only prudent for us to extend some support to the workers in this extraordinary period,” said Hivos East Africa’s Regional Director, Mendi Njonjo.
The flower industry is also one of the largest employers in the Kenya. The industry has an immerse pool of highly skilled labour. Workers are the backbone of the flower industry. KFC is delighted that this a simple gesture to demonstrate how much workers are valued and their contribution appreciated,” added Kenya Flower Council CEO Clement Tulezi.
The flower sub-sector is projected to employ over 200,000 workers directly on farms across the country.